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Quote Of The Day

“Let me think carefully about this. I think George Bush is the most incompetent president we’ve had in our lifetime. I mean, nobody would accuse President Nixon of being incompetent. I think there’s a lot of similarities between Nixon and Agnew and Bush and Cheney. They’re both using the IRS for political purposes. They’re both spying on people they don’t like and not just terrorists, but also American citizens. Neither one of them particularly believes in judicial rights. They’ve both been dishonest with the American people.”

-- Howard “The Duck” Dean, November 2, 2006

YEEEAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/02/2006 at 05:54 PM   
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Phallic Fantasies

OK, this is an open post. I’ll let you folks run with this one. I ain’t touching this story with a ten-foot ... erh ... pole. Besides, we need something to laugh at besides John Kerry ... for a few minutes, at least.

Aussie “Wonderjock” Shows Size Really Does Count
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Thu Nov 2, 2006 3:51 AM GMT137

Size really does count, just ask Australian underwear maker AussieBum which has just launched the “Wonderjock” for men who want to look bigger. Since the launch seven days ago, AussieBum says it has sold 50,000 pairs of “Wonderjock”, mostly on its Web site http://www.aussiebum.com and a handful of stores around the world.

“The design of the underwear separates and lifts. The fabric cup protrudes everything out in front instead of down towards the ground,” said “Wonderjock” designer Sean Ashby. “There is no padding, rings or strings,” said Ashby, a co-founder of the Internet-based AussieBum firm.

Ashby said the idea for the “Wonderjock” was the result of online feedback from customers who expressed an interest in looking bigger, just like women using the “Wonderbra”.

“When you go to a department store to buy underwear you usually get a grandmother serving, which is not the ideal way to get feedback,” said Ashby. “Our customers give us feedback. We didn’t realise that big is better.”


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/02/2006 at 01:26 PM   
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Breakfast Bulls**t

Every morning I wake up early and begin the daily torture session ... reading the NY Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times. I do this so you won’t have to. I really cannot bear to inflict all of this biased bullshit on you good people - at least not before you’ve had your Wheaties™. Some days the drivel is especially bad and on those days my only thought is ... YOU WEENERS AIN’T PAYING ME ENOUGH TO DO THIS!

So click on that PayPal button in the right sidebar and send me a few thousand bucks. I need to re-stock my blood pressure medicine. With that out of the way, I give you the crème de la crème from this morning’s manure pile - today’s editorial from the NY TIMES. It needs no introduction and is entirely self-explanatory ... it is also attracting flies.

If you wish to order the “Great Divider” bagel slicer, shown in the picture below, you can find it at JewishSource.com for only $19.99. The picture was my idea. It is breakfast time, after all. Now go practice being a divider with your bagels.

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EDITORIAL (NY TIMES) - November 2, 2006

As President Bush throws himself into the final days of a particularly nasty campaign season, he’s settled into a familiar pattern of ugly behavior. Since he can’t defend the real world created by his policies and his decisions, Mr. Bush is inventing a fantasy world in which to campaign on phony issues against fake enemies.

In Mr. Bush’s world, America is making real progress in Iraq. In the real world, as Michael Gordon reported in yesterday’s Times, the index that generals use to track developments shows an inexorable slide toward chaos. In Mr. Bush’s world, his administration is marching arm in arm with Iraqi officials committed to democracy and to staving off civil war. In the real world, the prime minister of Iraq orders the removal of American checkpoints in Baghdad and abets the sectarian militias that are slicing and dicing their country.

In Mr. Bush’s world, there are only two kinds of Americans: those who are against terrorism, and those who somehow are all right with it. Some Americans want to win in Iraq and some don’t. There are Americans who support the troops and Americans who don’t support the troops. And at the root of it all is the hideously damaging fantasy that there is a gulf between Americans who love their country and those who question his leadership.

Mr. Bush has been pushing these divisive themes all over the nation, offering up the ludicrous notion the other day that if Democrats manage to control even one house of Congress, America will lose and the terrorists will win. But he hit a particularly creepy low when he decided to distort a lame joke lamely delivered by Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts. Mr. Kerry warned college students that the punishment for not learning your lessons was to “get stuck in Iraq.”

In context, it was obviously an attempt to disparage Mr. Bush’s intelligence. That’s impolitic and impolite, but it’s not as bad as Mr. Bush’s response. Knowing full well what Mr. Kerry meant, the president and his team cried out that the senator was disparaging the troops. It was a depressing replay of the way the Bush campaign Swift-boated Americans in 2004 into believing that Mr. Kerry, who went to war, was a coward and Mr. Bush, who stayed home, was a hero.

- More Times Slimes here...

You may write a letter to the esteemed editors of the NY Times at: letters@nytimes.com.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/02/2006 at 11:31 AM   
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Is Our Soljers Smart Or Waht?

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1st Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/02/2006 at 06:20 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - November 01, 2006

Through The Looking Glass

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“Beware of Dog”
Army K-9 Unit, Iraq


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/01/2006 at 09:43 PM   
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Quote Of The Day

“It saddens me greatly to suggest this, but in the interests of the Senate, his party, and the nation, I believe Trent Lott should step aside as majority leader. I simply do not believe the country can today afford to have someone who has made these statements again and again be the leader of the United States Senate.”

-- Senator John Kerry, Salon.com - December 12, 2002
(after Senator Trent Lott’s “botched joke” at Strom Thurmond’s birthday party)

“My statement - and the White House knows this full well--was a botched joke about the president and the president’s people, not about the troops. The White House’s attempt to distort my true statement is a remarkable testament to their abject failure in making America safe.”

-- Senator John Kerry, NY Times, November 1, 2006
(in an attempt to explain his “botched joke” on Monday)

So, Senator Kerry ... When are YOU going to resign?


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/01/2006 at 07:22 PM   
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Hmmmmmm ….

What’s wrong with this picture?

(Some go to war and fight. Some receive medals for bravery. Others receive medals that don’t exist. Which can then be tossed across the fence onto the White House lawn in protest. But later prove to not have been tossed. But allow you to claim hero status for decades while you hide your lies and call your fellow troops names like “baby killer”, “stupid”, “genocidal maniacs” and invoke the hallowed name of Jengis Khan. Don’t even get me started on the career as a gigolo.)

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/01/2006 at 05:32 PM   
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Joke Of The Day

Question: How do you tell if a chicken is a Democrat or a Republican?

Answer: If it has too many assholes, it’s definitely a Democrat.

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WAIKATO, New Zealand - 25 October 2006

Forzie the four-legged chicken will cluck no more. The Te Uku-bred Barnevelder chick - hatched at Marlene Dickey’s property at the start of last month - has died. But it wasn’t the extra legs that led to its death, more likely an extra anus, Mrs Dickey believes.

“He developed two bottoms and I think he got glugged up,” she said. While she was surprised by Forzie’s death - he weighed a “good pound of butter” and was gaining feathers slowly - it was not totally unexpected, she said.

And it was fun while it lasted. “He was a bit of a laugh.” Looking ungainly on its extra legs but twice as cute, the bird was an exception to the rule that chickens with defects are not normally born alive.

He was found dead on Friday and is now in the Dickeys’ freezer waiting to be stuffed. After he’s been to the taxidermist, the family plan to donate the bird to Auckland Museum.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/01/2006 at 03:38 PM   
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From The Sandbox

You know, it’s amazing what a bunch of high school and college dropouts and other assorted dregs of society can actually accomplish. Senator John Kerry might be amazed to learn that these “rejects” and “losers” managed to completely defeat Saddam’s army in just a few months and are now pretty much on their way to rebuilding that country as a democratic nation.

The Iraqis now have as many troops in the field as we do and they’re getting better at taking control of their country, in spite of the fact that they’re being taught by so-called “morons”. Maybe ... just maybe ... John Kerry and his intellectual friends in the Democratic party need to go spend a few months in Iraq playing “Cowboys and Injuns” with these poor mentally deficient kids he voted to send over there ... before he voted against sending them ... but after he voted to cut funding for them ... but before he served in Vietnam. Oh, forget it. Maybe Kerry is better spending the week windsurfing, after all.

Working Their Way Out of a Job:
The Role of the Military Transition Teams

30 Oct. 2006
By Sgt. Shannon Crane
129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Rome wasn’t built in a day...and neither was its army. Constructing, supplying and properly training a country’s fighting force is hardly an expeditious task. It is a process. And this process can be likened to a marathon...not a sprint.

The same can be said for the Iraqi army. Over the past three years, it has been rebuilt from the ground up as a modern, effective, western-style fighting force consisting of ten divisions with approximately 131,000 soldiers.

Today, approximately 89 Iraqi army combat battalions, 30 brigade headquarters, and six division headquarters control their own battle space. Members of the Military Transition Teams (MiTTs) at Camp Taji, Iraq, have played a key role in this process, and they continue to do so as they slowly, but surely, train the Iraqi army to ultimately assume independence.

The purpose of the MiTTs is to advise, coach, teach, and mentor Iraqi soldiers and their leaders – to provide the necessary training and guidance to bring the Iraqi army to a level where it can work independently.

imageimage“First of all, we advise. So our job is to help the Iraqis plan and execute combat operations - those units that are already working in combat operations,” said U.S. Army Maj. Steven Carroll, a transition team chief from Fort Sill, Okla. “We’re primary trainers, or train-the-trainers, for Iraqi units that have just started. So teacher/adviser is the primary role for the team,” he added.

Each 11-15 man team brings a mix of combat and support specialties to include operations, intelligence, logistics, communications, engineering and security. Team members work one-on-one with their Iraqi counterparts, showing them the ropes of each specialty and offering advice on how to streamline operations.

“Second, we bring the effects - coalition effects - to the Iraqi army that they don’t have for themselves,” said Carroll. “Indirect fires, fixed air and helicopter attack aviation support, MEDEVAC helicopters and other non-lethal effects, like information operations assets, for example, that the Iraqi army uses during their combat operations, but can’t provide for themselves. We provide that,” he said.

In addition to training and advising, the teams often run patrols outside of the compound with the Iraqi soldiers to show presence, to facilitate effects, and to help the soldiers gain confidence in running their own operations.

“We go to checkpoints and provide U.S. presence, because without it, they can’t get attack aviation, or air MEDEVAC, or any of the things that we take for granted in our Army,” said U.S. Army Capt. John Govan, a logistics adviser from Mobile, Ala.

“Those have to be called in by the U.S., so we’ll go out with them sometimes as presence patrols, what we call battlefield circulation, where we move around and check on different checkpoints inside our Iraqi brigade,” he added.

The Iraqi commander of the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army Division, who asked not to use his name for reasons of force protection, commented on the importance of the American transition teams running patrols with his soldiers, and what they ultimately learn from the experience.

“They train us how to deal with the insurgents,” he said. “They also train us how to deal with the civilians and the checkpoints, and they show us how to surround the areas if we suspect that we have improvised explosive devices or insurgents.”

For the transition teams to do their jobs effectively, it is necessary for them to establish a solid relationship with the Iraqi soldiers. They do this by embedding with the soldiers – living and working in the same areas on a daily basis. This is not as easy as it sounds, as many of the obstacles faced by the teams lay in the strong cultural differences between the American advisers and Iraqi soldiers.

“One of the biggest challenges, of course, is the language barrier,” said U.S. Army Maj. Marc Walker, a transition team chief from Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Walker then described the differences in work schedules between the Iraqis and Americans.

“The Iraqi soldiers’ normal day starts at seven and goes until noon,” he said. “Then they have an afternoon break, and then they start back up again right after dinner time, about six o’clock...then work until midnight. So we’ve had to adjust our schedules around theirs. We’ve had to adjust to their prayer times and all their religious rituals that they do, as well.”

- More from CENTCOM...


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/01/2006 at 03:12 PM   
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Feedback For Senator Kerry

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Kerry isn’t the only Democrat who understands how badly our soldiers are “stuck.” Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) spoke for many Democrats when he commented recently that the members of America’s armed forces “clearly come from the lowest economic echelon we have.”

Democratic opponents of the war in Iraq often complain that not enough of the soldiers serving are sons of congressmen and senators. Of course, many of these same Democrats wouldn’t send their kids off to public schools, much less public service in the U.S. military.

And then there’s this overlooked fact: Since 9/11, thousands of young Americans from every walk of life have joined the military with the purpose and intention of putting themselves in harm’s way, in order to keep the rest of us out of harm.

John Kerry looks at these young people and sees losers. Charlie Rangel sees desperate dead-enders. If the Democrats win on Tuesday, our soldiers in Iraq will look up at CNN International and see these two men leering back at them, flush with victory.

-- Boston Herald, “Who’s the real flunky? Someone tell Kerry it’s not military”

MANKATO, Minn. - The flap over what Sen. John Kerry calls his “botched joke” has prompted the Democrat to cancel a couple of upcoming appearances over the next two days, campaign officials said Wednesday. The Massachusetts senator — and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate — was scheduled to visit Minnesota State University in Mankato to campaign for 1st Congressional District candidate Tim Walz.

But controversy erupted over comments Kerry made to a group of California students. Kerry said those unable to navigate the country’s education system “get stuck in Iraq.” He later said his comment was “a botched joke about the president and the president’s people, not about the troops.”

In Minnesota, Meredith Salsbery, a spokeswoman for Walz, said Kerry canceled the appearance in Mankato. “He wants to make sure the campaign is about the issues we’ve been talking about the last two years,” she said of Kerry’s decision. “It’s important to him that we are able to do that.”

Meantime, in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District, candidate Bruce Braley canceled a campaign event scheduled Thursday, saying that the senator’s recent comments about the Iraq war were inappropriate.

Braley, a Democrat, is running against Republican Mike Whalen in Iowa’s 1st District congressional race—a contest considered to be one of the most competitive House races in the country. Braley spokesman Jeff Giertz said the decision to cancel the event with Kerry was made independently.

-- MSNBC, “Kerry cancels campaign events after remarks”

If anyone is proof positive that a good education has nothing to do with being stuck in Iraq, it’s Senator John Kerry. The Massachusetts Senator removed the silver spoon from his mouth just long enough to insert foot, bobbing and weaving his way through a scandal that delights the talk shows and blogs.

Appearing in Pasadena on behalf of California gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides, Kerry quipped to a crowd of students: “You know, education - if you make the most of it - you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

America is stuck in Iraq, but earth to Kerry, no American is stuck in Iraq. There isn’t a draft anymore. The being stuck remark reminds me that if there’s any one reason why the stiff and out-of-touch Kerry lost the 2004 Presidential election, it is that Mr. National Security is stuck in his own Vietnam past.

Kerry, who has to amplify and defend and explain his remarks against a digital onslaught only too happy to have a nice diversion a week before elections, is swearing his allegiance to the troops. Rhetorically, we could ask who insults the troops more, but for now Kerry knocked himself out. It is another reminder that he is not viable Presidential material.

This is a bit of a Captain Queeg moment for Kerry—I veteran, defending the downtrodden and hungry against despicable non-veterans. In other words, the Kerry mindset is that the soldiers must be uneducated to serve in Iraq, and thus need his leadership to get out. What is more, Kerry seems to believe in his heart that only a veteran can claim the right to lead and defend the troops, a kind of military club dictatorship that has no place in American society.

-- William Arkin, WASHINGTON POST - “Sen. Kerry Gets Stuck in Iraq”


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/01/2006 at 02:34 PM   
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